Vision is measured on a spectrum from perfect vision to blindness. Low vision or vision impairment refers to the middle of the spectrum where glasses, contact lenses, medicine, and/or surgery are unable to correct the vision loss. Often such loss is debilitating and impacts the independence and quality of life of an individual. At our clinics, our goal is to evaluate vision impairment and develop a plan of action to help each patient maximize visual function in everyday life.
Our phased approach begins by understanding where the visual impairment originates and whether it is acquired or inherited. Our optometrists, who specialize in low vision, determine if optical solutions - such as hand/stand magnifiers or filters for glare control, or non-optical solutions such as reading guides, appropriate lighting, or large print - are part of the solution for the patient.
The next phase involves an inter-disciplinary team of low vision experts composed of one of our skilled optometrists, an occupational therapist, and a orientation and mobility specialist who, along with our Social Service Agency Partners, provide a clinical assessment to determine the impact of the visual impairment on the safety, independence, and quality of life of each patient.
The ultimate goal of our inter-disciplinary team is to improve an individual's quality of life through our comprehensive Low Vision Rehabilitation Service.
Beth Harper, OD
Richard J. Jamara, OD, FAAO
Alexis Malkin, OD
Nicole C. Ross, OD, FAAO